Today’s Horse Facts: The Welsh Mountain Pony

The Welsh Mt. Pony is a beautiful smaller version of the Arabian.


Today’s Horse Facts: The Welsh Mountain Pony

Beautiful Welsh Mt. Stud


Horse lover, did you even know there is such a breed as the Welsh Mountain Pony? If so, do you know anything about this special breed from across the pond that not only children but adults love as well? Let’s see how well you do on today’s ten-question T/F quiz. Here we go:

Welsh Mt. Mare and Foal
  1. The Welsh Mountain Pony was bred from Arabians to give it its fine looks.
  2. This pony can only be called a Welsh Mountain Pony if it is shorter than 14 hands.
  3. These ponies are bred only for driving.
  4. They can be any color or any combination of colors.
  5. These ponies were used in coal mines in Great Britain.
  6. The breed is also called the Welsh Cob.
  7. They originated in Wales and Scotland as far back as before the 1600s.
  8. Besides working in the mines, these ponies were first used for farming and timbering.
  9. This pony came to America in the late 1800s.
  10. Its gentle temperament makes it a favorite for children to ride.

 Here are the answers to today’s horse facts quiz. Let’s see how you did:

  1. F   Although there is the distince “look” of the Arabian, which indicates a trace of Arab blood, this breed  had kept its own distinct breed characteristics over the years.
  2. F    It cannot be taller than 12.2 hands high in the U.S.A. and only 12 hands in England.
  3. F    They are bred for riding, jumping, driving, and hunting.
  4. F    They cannot be pinto or appaloosa, but four white socks are very desirable.
  5. T
  6. F   Although the terms have become interchangeable, true breed lovers know there is a distinct difference between W.M. Ponies and Cobs. The breed has four different “sections” of ponies. Cobs must be at least 13.2 hands.
  7. F   They originated in Wales and Great Britain.
  8. T
  9. T
  10. T

So, did you know much about this fantastic little breed? If you study their pictures, you will conclude that they look like miniature Arabians because of their fine features and dish-nose face. Aren’t they gorgeous?

Welsh Mt. Palomino Mare

If you want to learn more about this beautiful little breed, go to

Next time, we’ll take a ride with the Shetland Pony.

Happy riding!


3 thoughts on “Today’s Horse Facts: The Welsh Mountain Pony

  1. #1 is false. Although Arabian has been added to Welsh, none of the 4 sections were “bred from Arabians.” #6 is also false. Mountain Ponies are not Cobs. There are two different sections, C and D, for Cobs depending on height.

    For a better information take a look at the Welsh Pony & Cob Society of America (WPCSA) and the UK Welsh Pony & Cob Society (WPCS) web sites

    The original home of the Welsh Mountain Pony was in the hills and valleys of Wales. It was there before the Romans. Evidence suggests that a native Welsh-type of pony existed before 1600 BC.

  2. Yes, there were ponies in Wales prior to 1600 and it was from these ponies that the Welsh Pony came from. They were called Celtic ponies. The Romans invaded Wales on a regular basis, about every 400 years. They brought Arabians with them and it was from these infusions of Arab blood that the Welsh pony was formed.

  3. I almost never leave remarks, however after browsing some of the comments here Todays Horse Facts:
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